In the technology world, companies and researchers like to make everyone look up to them and developing cool gadgets and technologies, so that they can be baked in the next flagship, has also become a status symbol. We all know, the curved screens have the enticing property, making sure that everyone goes bewildered when Samsung announces their new R&D fruited tech baby. After all the afloating rumors, Samsung has finally showcased their Curved Screen OLED technology to the world at this year's CES.
Samsung unveiled its Youm brand-name for flexible OLEDs for the first time in the public. Samsung also took the opportunity to tell both its customers and critiques alike that they have worked on 3 designs using Youm flexible OLEDs. First design has a bent down strip at both of its vertical sides. The second one folds up in the middle of the screen and the third, and the most interesting one, is a rollable, retractable screen design. They was only able to show a rendered image of the last two devices, and they do look like something you want to wait for, but they showcased their first design of the Youm OLED with the help of a prototype device.
The prototype, that was used to display Samsung's engineering marvel, had a design of regular smartphone but with bent strips at its left and right edges. The device's main screen rendered everything in portrait mode whereas the bent strips displayed content in landscape mode. Samsung showed how a phone can be useful at times when you can just have a look at your notifications without waking up your device and see an incoming text or a missed call and react on it.
The use of this technology has been tantalizing for years and its refreshing to finally see someone come up with practically usable applications of the cool technology. Also, the bent stripes should give a fresh breath of air to now-becoming boring and similar smartphone designs and thanks to the flexibility of the displays, the screens and whole smartphone units much more shock resistant.